When Church is Over

I suppose just about everyone can relate to the story of Jesus returning to his home town of Nazareth (Luke 4:14ff), but especially those who have been away from the place where they grew up for a significant amount of time. Just as it’s hard for us not to think of our hometown in theContinue reading “When Church is Over”


If there is anything disciples should hold near and dear to their heart, it’s a message about overcoming. After all, it doesn’t always feel or seem as if we’re overcoming, does it? And there are times when we’re convinced it is anything but that. We feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and quite possibly, defeated. At such times,Continue reading “Overcoming”

Forward By Backward

The Torah (law) came through Moses.  The call to return to the law came through the prophets.  Men such as Elijah called Israel away from their idols and back to God (see 1 Kings 18).  It’s no coincidence that after John appeared on the scene, Jesus identified him as the Elijah who was to come and restore all things (Matthew 17;Continue reading “Forward By Backward”

Waiting For Death (No Country For Old Men)

Movies by the Coen brothers tend to leave me hot or cold but never lukewarm. No County for Old Men is no exception. It’s a dark movie (maybe their darkest), but it has something to say— especially in the character of Ed Tom Bell (played by Tommie Lee Jones). The story (adapted from the novel of theContinue reading “Waiting For Death (No Country For Old Men)”

2 Peter 3–End of the World? (2)

Peter speaks in 2 Peter 3 of a coming/day of the Lord/day of God where the heavens and earth will be destroyed and replaced by a new heaven and earth. In a previous post, I laid the groundwork for concluding that this day of the Lord is not the return of Jesus at the end of time because the objection from mockersContinue reading “2 Peter 3–End of the World? (2)”

The Church Belongs to God!

We’d had numerous people picking up pecans off the grounds at the church where I used to work. I’d seen many of our members out there. One of our shepherds had been particularly zealous in his collection efforts, shaking the tree branches as well as using some type of extension tool that allowed him to reach up into the trees.Continue reading “The Church Belongs to God!”

Keeping up the Pursuit

“Tell them the group from Michigan is here and we’re ready to be picked up.” Those are the words of a gentleman from Auburn Hills, Michigan. We met him in the parking lot at Carver’s Gap, which is right on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. You can get on the Appalachian Trail there (which is what weContinue reading “Keeping up the Pursuit”